History of Veerashiava Saints
Life of Manteswamy
It is believed that Manteswamy was a reincarnation of Lord Parashiva. According to recorded history and belief held by his followers, Lord Shiva came in the guise of Manteswamy to Kalyana. He received hospitality from Basavanna and Neelamma, blessed the couple and travelled towards the South of Karnataka. Manteswamy took up this journey to spread his preachings to different parts of the State and eventually seek out a suitable place to perform his penance, which would become his last resting place. Before undertaking this journey, he took ‘Kalajñaña’ (a book of prophecies) from Basavanna and Neelamma, and accepted Rachappaji, Phalaradhya and Chennajamanni as his disciples. Later, Manteswamy chose Boppegoundanapura (B.G. Pura, Malavalli Taluq) as the place for performing his penance and attained salvation.
Propagation of the preachings of Manteswamy
Rachappaji and Chennajammanni left Mysuru and reached Kappadi through Chandagala of Edathore. They chose Kappadi as their area of service and engaged in welfare activities for the betterment of people in the surrounding areas for several years. They performed penance here on the banks of River Cauvery. The two shrines situated next to each other at Kappadi are that of Rachappaji and Chennajammanni.